If you’re a business owner holding back from migrating your operation to the cloud because you’ve heard a few rumors, then let us help set the record straight. Cloud computing can do wonders for your business in terms of security and efficiency, so let’s put the fake news to rest once and for all.
Fact: Cloud infrastructure provides a safe, walled virtual fortress and when you sign up to a cloud service. The weakest points to any cloud infrastructure are the users themselves. It’s simple gatekeeping stuff that you should be doing anyway, like putting policies, procedures and training in place, that will help protect your data.
For example, password managers will help with good password hygiene, making sure users create strong new passwords for each account, passwords are changed every few months etc. Multi-factor authentication can also be used to help verify the user is who they say they are.
If you are mindful of protecting it, it will remain protected.
Fact: There seems to be a common perception that it’s all or nothing when engaging with cloud infrastructure as a service. The truth is that it’s largely up to you how you use the cloud for your business. You can choose to use it for a variety of operations and virtual software – perhaps for emails, or for sharing and working on documents but not for your main databases. The point is, you do not necessarily have to shift your whole organisation to the cloud if that’s not comfortable for you. A hybrid solution might serve your company better than total migration.
The hybrid cloud creates a consistent platform that spans data centers and the cloud, simplifying IT and delivering apps and data to users on virtually any device, anywhere. It gives you control to deliver the computing power and capabilities that business demands, and to scale up or down as needed without wasting your onsite technology investments.
Fact: There is plenty of support out there – for instance, Microsoft 365 has dedicated support and online tools you can make the most of. Breaking migration into manageable stages is a good way to approach shifting a large organisation over to cloud and of course, outsourcing the planning and processes for this via a Managed Services Provider takes the stress away. A well thought out, phased migration will make cloud infrastructure much easier to implement, with minimum disruption to staff.
Fact: Office 365 has applications like Word and SharePoint that at a fundamental level they have the same functionality. Whilst the software consists of the tools you will be familiar with, it will also benefit your work with additional productivity tools.
The methods you know are the same or similar, it’s just cloud-based and a lot more versatile. You could say that cloud isn’t about reinventing the wheel – it’s just making that wheel go further.
Fact: By moving your business email to the cloud, you can rest easy knowing that the experts who created the software are taking care of the tricky maintenance, while your team keeps control of your company’s capabilities and of how your employees use features. You can spend more time on the core operations that build business value rather than keeping up with persistent hardware maintenance.
Software updates and fixes are delivered automatically as soon as they are released, and Exchange Online is always first in line for updates. Although the management and updates are fully automated, you are still in control when it needs to be with the Exchange Admin Center.
So, there you have it, 5 myths busted about moving to the cloud. Hopefully, now and reservations you may have had before have been put to rest and the many benefits of cloud can persuade you it’s time to take the plunge.
If you haven’t gotten around to looking seriously at cloud migration for your company yet, please drop us a line at Netitude. We will be happy to explain further how you can see real benefits quickly, by changing over to a cloud-based infrastructure.